PSSA Family Information Night

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Third grade families gathered on January 24th to learn about the PSSA and how to help their students be prepared.  Over the next ten weeks students will bring home a packet each Friday to work on at home that will be due the following Friday.  These packets will expose students to some types of questions and tasks they will encounter in April on the real PSSA. Students can work with someone at home to read the passages, write responses, and solve math problems.  As a reward for all this hard work and preparation, students who return 8 out of 10 packets will be treated to a special pizza luncheon the Friday before testing begins. Thanks to all the families who came to our informational night!

   


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Antarctica

Today our class had the amazing opportunity to connect via video feed to a scientist on Antarctica! Jean Pennycook is a researcher who travels to Antarctica each year for a few months to research and study Adelie penguins. A few schools across the country were able to connect to her with the help of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  Jean shared some interesting facts with us (Did you know penguins have long legs but there body hangs down over them like a coat?) and showed us live images of penguins sitting on their eggs and taking turns with their mate to keep the eggs warm.  It is summer in Antarctica now, but is still below freezing.  Jean shared her stark living conditions (a tent with no heat, no toilet, and no running water) as well as her love of returning year after year to learn more about these amazing animals.  Jean has written a book that we were able to look through as well.  A special thanks to Mrs. Blankley for setting up this learning opportunity and inviting our class to join in!!

The scientist we connected with.

Her book

A live connection with Jean in Antarctica!

Our students were captivated.





Christmas Family

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Third grade will be sponsoring a family for Christmas.  You may wish to purchase something for one of the children. We have a wish list of some items they need and would like for Christmas. You can view a sign up by clicking here to see what items have already been sent in and sign up for something. If you would like to purchase a specific item off the list, please sign up or feel free to send me a quick note and I will reserve that item for you. Please send all items into school unwrapped by Dec. 6th.

Any money that is collected will be compiled to purchase remaining items off their wish lists.  Thank you for helping to make this a merry Christmas for this family and and for allowing our third graders to learn how good it feels to help someone in need

 


Fire Prevention Day

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Today the Bowmansville Fire Company and Fivepointville Ambulance Company came to Brecknock.  The kids were so excited to go in the smoke trailer.  The firefighters taught us about situations to watch out for in the kitchen like pot holders too close to the stove or what to do with a grease fire.  Next the students went upstairs in the trailer to the “bedroom” while the trailer filled with fake smoke.  They had to crawl down the stairs and outside.  The kids got to see first hand how staying low helps you stay out of the smoke.  The EMTs taught us about CPR and the equipment they use on scene.  We also got to see the inside of the ambulance.  Thank you to the visitors who came to school today to share this important safety information!

 

 

 

 



Virtual Reality

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Language Arts

Brooke and Kiley reading about coral reefs.

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After visiting the Great Barrier Reef the students read about the different types of coral.

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The students are taking a virtual field trip to the Great Barrier Reef.

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This is what I see as a tour guide. The smiley faces are the students.

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The students enjoy looking through the VR googles.

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Look closely. Some students are trying to touch the coral and other sea creatures that live in the coral reef.

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Nya and Abby read about coral reefs.

 



First Day

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Wow!  What a great first day of school!  We spent the day getting to know each other and reviewing how to be RESPECTFUL, RESPONSIBLE, AND SAFE.  The students did an amazing job listening to directions, following the rules and helping one another.  I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings!  Here’s to an awesome group of kids!